The meeting was attended by Deputy Ambassador Embassy of Sweden in India, Gautam Bhattacharyya; Head Swedish Trade Commissioners Office (Bangalore)& Lead India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Center, Amit Hindua; Head of Govt Affairs Business Sweden, Anjali Bhola Bhargava, representatives of AstraZeneca India, heads and founders of start-ups which include Alveofit, Tricog, Genetico, Qure.ai, and Dozee.
The mission director for the National Health Mission in Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhary M Yasin, along with the director for coordination of new medical colleges and nursing and paramedical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, participated in a virtual roundtable session with principals from the Government Medical College in Srinagar/Jammu, SKIMS GMC, and the director of health services for Kashmir/Jammu. Medical experts and other concerned parties also participated in the session.
Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden in India, spoke about the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre and its vision.
The innovation center’s goal is to create an ecosystem of open innovation that start-ups and healthcare delivery stakeholders can use to collaborate and address current and future challenges in the healthcare sector in India.
The platform will enable the development and scale-up of solutions through frugal innovation for affordable and accessible healthcare in line with the objectives of the Government of India.
During the presentation, the Head of the Swedish Trade Commissioners Office (Bangalore) & Lead India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Center, Amit Hindua gave an overview of the innovation center and explained how it helps foster innovation and skills development. He also shared some examples of innovative projects from India and Sweden that are being supported by the center.
Jammu & Kashmir’s health sector representatives gathered to discuss possible areas of synergy and focus in the health sector. On the occasion, heads and representatives of start-up solutions showcased their products, followed by a discussion over each innovation by medical experts from J&K. Principal Secretary H&ME observed that the discussion for innovations in the health sector could be fruitful in addressing healthcare delivery challenges in J&K.
The pilot approach was decided to be better by the Indian medical experts. This healthcare innovation needed to be demonstrated before it could be further discussed and implemented. The India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre is a collaboration between the Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS Delhi), and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur (AIIMS Jodhpur).
This collaboration is being signed under the umbrella of The India-Sweden Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in health and public health, agreed to by both countries in 2009
Thank you, Mr. Dwivedi and the team, for your upcoming deliberations and your visionary outlook on this innovation collaboration.